Thanks Chris. Tough life for a single female cougar. Hunting and feeding cubs and doing it all over again. She probably does not live as long as the males. My friend just went up to the top of the hill and found cat tracks and scat. Hope she has a litter. They flushed some grouse also. I Have not seen grouse up there in 5 years. Used to see them every time I went in the trail during the summer.
Bulldozers against nature, take heed: We need the tree hugger, the little old lady in tennis shoes, chicken little, the Sierra Club and many more trying to protect our open spaces, wilderness and wild things. In our hearts and desire to be immersed in nature we spend lots of money.
I am sure there is more intelligent life out there. Our planet is only 4.5 billion and the universe is much older (14 billion or so). But maybe our planet had the fastest evolving rate or maybe an advanced civilization launched millions of robotic out into space with viable but simple DNA and we got seeded from an alien advanced society 3.5 billion years ago. Wish they would say hi.